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					                                         Curriculum Approval Request

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Name of Curriculum: Type Here
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                                                                                                       Not Approved
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Curriculum used in any of the Polk County School Readiness sites must meet the following requirements. These are
shown in Bold Italics. Please describe in detail how the requested curriculum meets these requirements. Your
descriptions should be clear and include enough information so the curriculum can be fairly assessed by the Curriculum
Review Group.

Curriculum Name: Type Here

    1. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate. It has realistic and attainable expectations.
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    2. The curriculum has a Character Development component. (Describe what is included in this component.)
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    3. The curriculum does the following…
          A. Promotes interactive learning among staff and children.
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             B. Helps children achieve social, emotional, linguistic, physical and cognitive goals.
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             C. Permits flexibility for children and teachers.
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             D. Encourages active learning through play and frequently allows children to make meaningful
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             E. Fosters children’s exploration and inquiry, rather than focusing on “right” answers or “right”
                ways to complete a task.
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       F. Facilitates concept learning and skills development in an integrated and natural way. (Integrated
          thematic instruction)
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       G. Shows evidence from research of being based on sound child development principles of how
          children grow and learn.
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       H. Shows respect for cultural and linguistic diversity and allows and appreciates individual
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4. The curriculum meets all of the State of Florida School Readiness Performance Standards, including the
   following Domains:

       A. Physical Health
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       B. Approaches to Learning
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       C. Social and Emotional
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       D. Language and Communication
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       E. Emergent Literacy
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       F. Cognitive Development and General Knowledge
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       G. Motor Development
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5. The program has age appropriate activities and materials that promote the following experiences:

       A. Construction (wood blocks, waffle blocks, bristle blocks, Lincoln Logs, etc.)
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       B. Dramatic Play
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       C. Manipulatives
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       D. Creative Expression (Art)
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       E. Language (Reading and Writing)
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       F. Discovery/Sensory
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       G. Fluid Play
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       H. Music and Movement
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       I. Outdoors/Gross Motor
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       J. Computers (optional)
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6. Assessment evidence (from multiple sources) is used to understand and improve learning by improving
   curriculum implementation and teaching practices.
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7. Parent Involvement:

       A. Parents are recognized as the child’s first teacher.
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       B. Parents are given letters about thematic units of study and each of the interest areas available in
          the program detailing the benefit to the child. (Provide examples)
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       C. Parents are welcomed visitors to the program or classroom and opportunities are available for
          parent participation.
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       D. Conferences are scheduled to discuss the parent’s expectations for their children and answer any
          questions they may have about the curriculum.
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          E. Parents are knowledgeable about goals and assessment.
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   8. Include a copy of your daily routine and schedule for each age group. The schedule should reflect
      teacher directed time frames and child initiated time frames. Attach a description, if necessary, to explain
      how the schedule meets all requirements.
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   9. Include a copy of the last four weeks of lesson plans for each age group.

   10. Attach any additional information for consideration that may assist the Curriculum Review Group with its
       assessment of the requested curriculum.
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NOTE: Applications and attached materials will not be returned.


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